‘The Flash’ Trailer 2 Breakdown: New Superhero Spectacle Is on the Horizon

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It’s been nine years since The Flash movie, set in DC Extended Universe, was announced. After spending years in development hell and all the unfortunate events that took DCEU off the originally planned course, the movie is now finally ready to be released in theaters this June. DCEU is counting down its last few months of existence, and we still can’t know for sure if this movie will have any effect on the upcoming DCU, which will serve as the soft reboot of the cinematic universe based on DC characters.

The two latest DCEU entries; Black Adam and Shazam: Fury of the Gods; didn’t meet commercial expectations, and given how Warner Bros. Discovery treated those movies after their release, particularly Shazam (it was released on digital after only three weeks of theatrical distribution), looks like they don’t even care if those last DCEU movies will flop or not since the entire thing will start from the beginning in July 2025 with the release of Superman: Legacy. Still, co-CEO of DC Studios, James Gunn, is still hyping up the remaining DCEU movies, and we can only wait to see if DCEU will manage to go out with a bang.

Warner Bros. Discovery and DC Studios recently revealed the second official trailer for The Flash, starring Ezra Miller as the titular character, Michael Keaton as Batman, and Sasha Calle as Supergirl. You can watch the trailer down below, and keep reading to see our trailer breakdown:

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‘The Flash’ Trailer 2 Breakdown

This trailer is more focused on Michael Keaton’s return as Batman!

Even though Adam West played the live-action Batman in the 1960s, many DC fans consider Michael Keaton the original live-action Batman. Keaton debuted as the Caped Crusader in 1989’s Batman, directed by Tim Burton, and he reprised the role in 1992’s Batman Returns, also directed by Burton. Now, 31 years after he put on the Batman suit for the last time, Keaton returns as an older and more experienced Batman who is still in good shape to face world-ending threats.

The trailer opens up with the scene where Barry Allen and his alternate self visit Wayne Manor, where they find Keaton’s Bruce Wayne, who will seemingly serve as some sort of mentor to Barry. And don’t worry, Keaton isn’t just here to give important lessons; we’ll also see his Batman in action.

Barry Allen’s origin story won’t be skipped!

While the movie was in early development, it was hard to predict if this movie will be focused on Barry Allen’s origin story or would show the next chapter of his superhero life since this movie is a follow-up to the Justice League movie we all want to forget as soon as possible. It turns out; The Flash movie will do both. Barry Allen’s origin story is pretty much known to all DC fans.

It’s known that his mother was killed when he was a child, and his father was falsely accused of her murder and imprisoned. Given that the Flash can travel through time and multiple realities thanks to his super-speed, this movie will also deal with Barry’s effort to return to the past to save his mom, opening the way for an even worse series of catastrophic events he will need to face. Ron Livingston is starring as Barry’s father, Henry Allen, replacing Billy Crudup, who played the character in Justice League. Maribel Verdú is playing Nora Allen, Barry’s mother.

The events of 2013’s Man of Steel will be revisited in a “What If…?” sort of way.

The first trailer already confirmed that Michael Shannon will reprise the role of General Zod he played ten years ago in Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel. The movie’s plot point starts when Barry tries to save his mother, which opens an alternate reality in which Barry will meet another Barry, and the alternate Zod will attack the Earth the same way the original Zod attacked it in Man of Steel. But this alternate reality doesn’t have Superman (it looks that way, at least) to save the day, so Barry must do it with his new teammates.

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Barry Allen teams up with Batman, Supergirl, and… Barry Allen!

This wouldn’t be the first time Barry Allen makes things worse when he tries to do something good. We all know the acclaimed comic book Flashpoint, for which this movie serves as a loose adaptation. This movie won’t feature the deceased Bruce Wayne, Thomas Wayne’s Batman, and Bruce’s mother as the female Joker, but it will feature Michael Keaton’s Batman, Sasha Calle’s Supergirl, and Ezra Miller’s alternate Barry Allen, with whom the original Barry Allen will need to team up to save the day and fix everything he screwed up. The establishing shot of this team-up looks really badass, and we’re excited to see it on the silver screen.

Who is Supergirl carrying here?

It’s been known that Sasha Calle’s Supergirl will have an important role in this movie, and out of all of the scenes we’ve seen in two official trailers so far, one of the most interesting ones is this scene where she’s carrying an unconscious man to the skies. Although his face is well-hidden, we can’t shake the fact that it might be her cousin, Superman, who was portrayed in DCEU by Henry Cavill before Gunn announced a reboot with Superman: Legacy, for which a new Superman actor will be picked.

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However, we’re still officially in DCEU, and theoretically, there’s still a chance we could see Cavill’s Clark Kent. Despite the reports that Cavill’s cameo in The Flash movie was cut, we can’t find any other explanation for this short scene from the second trailer. Let us remind you that the Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow movie is also in development. It will be set in the new DCU, but it’s not officially known if Calle will reprise the role of Kara Zor-El in that standalone adventure.

The Flash movie will feature two Batmen, but will they meet?

One thing ensuring that everyone who considers themselves a DC fan will watch this movie is that in The Flash, for the first time ever, we will have two Batmen (or Batmans, I’m not sure) in one movie. Michael Keaton will return as Batman since the alternate universe that Barry will accidentally put in danger is the same one where Tim Burton’s Batman movies took place.

It was confirmed that The Flash movie takes place 30 years after the events of Batman Returns. But let’s not forget this is still DCEU, and we’re glad to say we’ll see Ben Affleck’s Batman one last time. Robert Pattinson’s Batman now has its own franchise with the director Matt Reeves as his handler, and Gunn announced that a new Batman actor would be picked for the upcoming movie The Brave and the Bold, which will introduce the Caped Crusader to the DCU.

Two Batmen in one movie! Let’s enjoy this moment while it lasts. But, from what we’ve seen in the first two trailers, it does not seem that Keaton and Affleck will actually share the screen in this movie. We hope that we’re wrong.

The Flash promises a superhero spectacle on a grand scale!

One great thing about making a Flash-related story is that the possibilities are endless! The Flash isn’t only about running around very, very fast. His superpowers give him other abilities, including time-traveling and traveling between alternate universes.

We’ve already seen that in The Flash TV series on The CW, and we’re just waiting to see how the movie will pull that off. Even though the movie is adapting one of Flash’s most basic stories (Barry tries to save his mom, but he screws everything up, and now he has to fix it), the good news is that this movie is promising to try to show us that story in its own, unique way. We’re definitely expecting a huge superhero event that we’ll want to remember as a true cinema experience. The worlds will collide!

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Written by Christina Hodson and directed by Andy Muschietti, The Flash is set to be released on June 16, 2023.

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